The Cottage Retreat

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Carole E.

95 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Carole's Resident Pets

Maggie Mae
West Highland White Terrier
7 yr 7 mo old
Basset Hound
12 yr 2 mo old

Carole's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Carole

55 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We love dogs!!!
The Cottage Retreat is perfect for small or medium size dogs for day sitting or overnight stays.
We are conveniently located off of the 15 and 91 frwys.
My husband and I are lifetime dog owners and passionate about dogs. We will keep your dog secure and safe in our home. We are retired and have the time to devote to your pooch while you are away.
We are familiar with most breeds and will provide the highest quality of care and treat your dog(s) with kindness and respect. We are professional, reliable, loving and can provide a caring environment for your pooch. Currently we have 2 dogs that are a part of our family, a Basset Hound named Abby and a West Highland Terrier named Maggie Mae. We will welcome your pet as one of our own and promise to take great care of your pooch while you are away.
Our yard is fenced in and secure, with a covered patio and dog door into our home. We are highly knowledgeable about pet care for dogs, their behavior, and have experience with different breeds, temperaments, and body language.
We can provide daily walks and playtime for your pooch or just relaxing and nap time. Constant supervision always.
If you select our home, we will provide a questionnaire to you requesting information and details about your dog. The questionnaire and current vaccination documentation from your vet will be required prior to your pets stay.
We look forward to providing the best care for your pooch. Try us out, you and your pet will not be disappointed.

Holiday rates may be higher.....
Multiple dog discounts offered....
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Carole E.

95 Reviews
25 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated January 8, 2017


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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Carole's Home
$28 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Carole's Home
$23 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
95 Reviews
We have left our dogs, Max and Ruby, with Carole severals times now. We get updated pictures throughout the time we are gone. They appear to be happy and love going to Carole's Cottage. I appreciate a safe place to leave my pets where they are treated like family!
Reno loved Carole and family! He will be visiting her again soon.
This was my first reservation with DogVacay....Carole and her daughter Susan were both very nice and helpful. They genuinely took care of my dogs as if they were their own. I received picture updates and comments every other day (my request) which definitely put my mind at ease so I could enjoy my vacation! I feel very confident to use Carole again in the future if needed.
This is the first time we left our dog for a week and about the third time we have used DogVacay. Carole provided a loving home for our dog and sent us regular updates and pictures. What a great experience! Thanks so much!
I always bring my dog back to Carole. I love that they take great care of him and he comes home a happy guy. Thanks again Carole.
Carole and her daughter were great from the start. Very organized, very professional, knowledgeable about dogs and how to spoil them, lol. Their home is clean and their yard well manicured. They have the perfect set up for small/medium dogs. I received pictures and text updates, which for me is HUGE, considering I have a very senior, fragile dog. I was able to gauge how my dog was doing based on activity level and weight loss with pictures. I would HIGHLY recommend Carole at The Cottage Retreat for anyone who loves their furry children but even more those who need special attention for their furbabies.
Thank you! you are all wonderful!
Thanks so much for squeezing me in and taking my dogs for the week! They absolutely love it there and get super excited in the car when we arrive :)
Awesome experience as usual!
Thank you for taking care of our puppy! Chewie enjoyed his stay at Carole's home. The second day that I dropped Chewie off, he ran into the home very excited to greet everyone.
Couldn't have asked for a better home away from home for our two dogs. Made it easy to relax on vacation knowing our "babies" were being well taken care of.
I was totally pleased with the love and care given to my fur babies while we were out of town. Everything in Carole's house is set up for doggie guests and we received pictures every day of the fun they were having. I would recommend them without hesitation.
Dogs came home happy and well taken care of. Carole did a great job! Thanks for taking care of Max and Ruby and loving on them for us while we were away! Gail
This is the third time I have left my dog with Carole. I would not leave him anywhere else. Carole is kind, loving and I know he is in safe hands when he is there. Thanks again Carole for making Nitos stay a great experience. Hope to see you soon.
With complete confidence we have left our precious but spoiled girls with Carol at the Cottage Retreat for the past three years. Our girls are happy and comfortable there because of the care and attention they receive from Carol. We would never leave them any place else.
Carole is Pawsome! Our two dogs love her and their safe environment they receive while we are gone. Thank you Carole and family for on outstanding doggy Vaca! dd
Carole was wonderful with our Addie! Addie is definitely a momma's girl and does not like being away from her home and family. Carole and her husband were so patient and nurturing. She sent me frequent updates and really made an effort to make Addie as comfortable as possible. I am so grateful for Carole and her husband treating our pup as if she was their own.
Another great stay for our pup!
We have been using Carole for a while now. Couldn't be happier with the care she gives Roxxie. We always feel comfortable while we are away. Best place to stay for a Dog Vacay.
Awesome as always!!! Kloie loves going and feels this is her second home! Thank you! You are the best!
Thank you so very much for taking Zoey and our new puppy Miss Daisy. We always appreciate Carole taking them. She provides a fun home for them with lots of toys. We also appreciate her letting us pick them up at 6:45 am on Mother's Day!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
Carole and her family did a great job with Duchess. I called them at the last minute because our regular sitter had a family emergency. They really jumped thru hoops to make it work. One thing I was really impressed with is their home was VERY clean and did not smell of dog at all. Also they are retired so there was someone with her at all times. They have a very nice fenced outside grass yard. I am sorry it took so long for me to do their review. I can't say enough good about Carole and her family. DogVacay handled everything professionally and had good follow up. Will definitely use them again. Thank You!
I felt so comfortable leaving my dog with Carole. I am really grateful to have found someone who cares for animals the way Carole and her family does. I will definitely continue to use their services for my dog.
Susan & Carole were wonderful with our puppy! We were hesitant to leave her for the first time and they made it so much easier! We already booked another stay for our puppy!
What else can I say but Thank You, once again. Our trip to Texas was worry free thanks to you and the wonderful care you give Max. We so appreciate the frequent pictures and daily updates.
Once again, we are so satisfied with our pup's visit :) I receive updates every day and I never have any troubles getting ahold of them. I love not having to worry about Truman while we are on vacation. Thank you again!
Gunner, Daisy and our newest little guy, Oren stayed with Carole and family at the Cottage for four nights while we went out of town. Oren has special needs and they were able to make sure he took his daily medications on time so that he stayed healthy upon our return. They sent us pictures of our fur kids which made us feel at ease. They are wonderful people and do what they can to accommodate our needs. Thank you so much Carole, George & Susan! The kids send their licks!
I can't say enough about Carole and George! Our plans changed and they were so accommodating! Carole is very calm and our dog feels right at home there. They take out toys almost as if she is their granddaughter coming to play. Wonderful as always!
I highly recommend Cottage Retreat! My 3 dogs just love their family and I never have to worry about them and can enjoy my vacation while they enjoy theirs! Carole also sends pictures of my girls every day having a great time on their vacay! Thank you so much Carole! See you again soon!
I can always relax when our dog stays with Carole and George! They let her play with toys and she feels so happy there. She is always excited to see them and has a great time!
James N

Once again we had peace of mind on our vacation while our two dogs vacationed with Carol at the Cottage Retreat – their home away from home. We received daily photos showing that they were happy and healthy. There is no other place we would leave them because of the care and attention they receive from Carol.
We reached out to Carole a few months ahead of our planned trip and she was kind enough to do a custom quote for our stay. Roxie usually is a high separation anxiety dog and I was slightly worried how she would behave in an unusual environment.

Thankfully, Carole sent me every day updates for Roxie's 6 day stay and she had such a fun time!!! Carole accomadated Roxie to her every need. It was at a very affordable price and worth every penny. Roxie came from a shelter so I didnt want to have her in that type of environment.

Carole is just an incredible person to leave Roxie with. I highly highly recommend reaching out to them if you need someone to watch your fur baby. I never had to worry about Roxie and am very happy to know that even she felt like she was on vacation!

10/10 for affordability.
10/10 for courtesy.
10/10 for safety.
10/10 for knowledge.

Thank you again Carole and Susan! We will see you soon!
My puppy had a great stay at Carole and her family's house! I received pictures of him every day and he seemed like he was always happy and in good hands. They have a great backyard, sweet older dogs and they are always home to watch your pup! I definitely recommend having Carole and her family watch your dog. They will be my first choice next time I need a sitter.

Thanks again :)
Natalie and Truman
Excellent care. as always.
excellent as always. Carol is always our first choice.
My sincere "Thanks", once again for the care you always give to Max and for the pictures and updates you send so frequently. Our next trip is planned in April and Max will be staying with you. He seems comfortable in your care and we like knowing he enjoys his visits.
Kloie loves staying with Carole and Team : ) They have been Kloie's dog sitter for almost a year and a half now and they always treat Kloie like part of their family. This is such a great comfort to us, and we honestly wouldn't want to take Kloie any place else.
I recently had to make a sudden trip out of town to visit my ailing mother and I really wasn't sure how long I would be gone. Carole and her daughter Susan were very flexible and worked with me to accommodate my schedule. My dogs have stayed at the Cottage Retreat several times now and they always come home happy and content.
I have two Chihuahua's who are very different in personality and very spoiled. I was very happy with the care they received and I appreciated Carole's patience and care with my Phoebe. She is a rescue and very shy and timid. My older Chihuahua seemed to adjust well and was very comfortable when we got there. Thank you so much for your kindness and patience with my babies!! I will definitely refer you to my friends and family. Thanks again!!
Our two boys, Wyatt & Bodie just stayed with Carole E. for the first time but before deciding on this host we visited two other homes. Our dogs seemed to like her place best. It is a very friendly and secure dog home with a nice backyard and an area for sunning which our dogs loved. They sent us several pictures while we were gone. We never once worried about our little guys, we always knew we could contact them if we needed too. When we picked them up they were happy to see us and in great shape! (They sometimes will refuse to eat). I would highly recommend using Carole as your dog sitter, I know I will check to see if she has an opening on my next trip.
Debby & Mike
Our pup loves coming here! She is always so excited and happy to see Carole! Thanks for another great stay!
They are wonderful people. My dog was well looked after and in great condition when we came back. They have a pleasant atmosphere for these little ones and try to keep our pets as content as they can be with the loss of their owners. I appreciated their efforts and would recommend their services.
This was a much better experience than we anticipated. Carole is a charming, gentle lady who truly cared for our "Max". She saw to it that we received pictures almost every day. Max thrived under her care and came back to us happy, alert and obviously well taken cared of during the week we were gone. We have already discussed our next trip with Carole and we are going to book Max's stay with her through Dog Vaycay!
In a word, "Excellent"!
Carole and Susan and team are THE BEST!!!! Kloie literally jumped out of the car and ran to their front door
Zoey was so excited when she arrived. We felt like Zoey was also on vacation….Thank you so very much for taking such great care of her….
I truly think my two dogs love staying at Carole's house. They come home happy and relaxed. I know they have a good time based on the photos and videos I get while I'm away.
Thank you so very much for taking such excellent care of our little Zoey! I felt that she was in a loving compassionate home with people who really cared about her.
This is the 3rd time we have left our 2 Shih Tzu's with Carole and George. This time it was a 25 day stay while we were in Europe. I have to say, I think my dogs Sadie & Lexi had as much fun on vacation as we did. We got daily updates with photos, and we could tell from the pictures that they were doing just fine. We would highly recommend Carole and George, they are very caring and treat the dogs like their own. We will not hesitate to use them next time we go away. Thanks Carole & George
Another perfect doggie vacay weekend. Thank you!
Kloie loves being there as much as Carole and team love having her there, we are greatful that they are apart of Kloie's family : ) We always get updates and pictures, You are going to have to let us know how you get her to posse for the pictures LOL! Thank you, thank you, thank you, you guys are the best
We feel so comfortable leaving Roxie wth Carole. Roxxie is so comfortable with her stay there leaving her is like taking her to camp. Drop off and pick up is a snap. Don't know what I would do with out this wonderful arrangement.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts :)
Sugar loves this family as her own! They are such a blessing to us!
Carole has a great set up for our two shih tzu's, they had a great time and came home exhausted from all the fun playtime that they had with Maggie Mae. Carole and George are very thorough in finding out about any particular personality traits so they can have the visit go smoothly. We have a longer vacation coming up and feel very comfortable having our girls stay here and know that they will have a great time and be well taken care of as well.
Saydee and Sunday were very well taken care of and we felt very comfortable leaving them with Carole and her family! I really loved that Carole sent pictures of my dogs to me every day while we were on vacation! We will definitely be repeat guests! Thanks so much!
This is my first time ever boarding my dogs. I've never liked the idea of leaving them at a kennel so my husband and I would always plan trips that would accommodate our dogs. Once I decided to look into DogVacay, I read a lot of reviews and the Cottage Retreat looked like the winner. I set up a time to meet Carole and her family and afterwards, I felt that they were the family I could feel comfortable leaving my fur kids with. Today was the first daycare visit. I left them for about 6 hours and felt like a parent dropping their kids off to school for the first time. But Carole and her husband are such a warm caring couple, that I felt my dogs were in good hands. They were very patient with my little girl who is very shy and timid. My boy Ferris had a great time playing with their little Maggie. The video they sent reassured me that the dogs were being well taken care of. I was very impressed from start to finish with how responsive they are to messages and how flexible they were with the drop off and pick up times. I will definitely be coming back for more dog vacays!
As always Carole and her family are wonderful people and animal lovers. They make sure to follow all my instructions on feeding and medications. They really take good care of Gunner and Daisy and especially on this July 4th, they assured me they always keep doggies indoors with tv on and giving them that extra support and attention during the fireworks time to ensure their safety and lessen any anxiety. That really helps me to enjoy my time away. Loved the pictures they sent to us... really made us laugh to see our babies enjoying their toys. Thank you again!!!! Fernanda & David O'Dear
Carole and her husband were very welcoming and have a great set up in their home for watching dogs. My dogs are like my children and I felt totally comfortable leaving them in their capable hands. I will definitely be calling them again next time I need someone to watch my "kids". Thank you!
Our dog has a wonderful time here! Carole treats her like her own dog!
This is the second year we have left our girls Brandi and Bella with Carole. We are very comfortable and confident with the care they received. Our girls were very happy and healthy when we picked them up. We would not hesitate to leave them with Carole again. We give her the highest possible recommendation.
Carole is so caring with Cooper and he is always very excited to go to her home. This last time was for over a week and I felt comfortable leaving him with Carole. I love the daily pictures they send me assuring me that he is well cared for.
Great job!!
Wonderful as always!!!!!
We were very pleased! We felt that our dog, Freddie was in great hands and we loved the email updates and pics. We didn't have to worry at all while on our cruise. We would highly recommend Carole and her family at The Cottage Retreat!!
Roxxie had another great stay with Carol. I feel so comfortable when I leave her there...I am kind of spoiled now because finding a replacement when she is not available is very difficult. We get updates and photos of roxxie when we are away and she is in Carol's care. Can't say enough on how wonderful this home is.
Another great stay :)
Such a wonderful family to deal with... It was a very pleasant drop off and pickup. We are very thankful that they took great care of our Molly. We would definitely recommend them!
Carole was a wonderful host for Bentley! She was quick to respond to a request for a meet-&-greet which we appreciated as it was a last minute request.

It's very clear that Carole and her husband love dogs; they were so caring towards Bentley and made him feel right at home. We will definitely be using Carole again!
Carole & family were very accommodating and took good care of my babies Gunner & Daisy. They sent me a couple of pictures along with various updates on how they were doing, which made me feel good. I hate leaving them, but when I have to, its nice to know there is a safe loving place for them. They even washed my Tupperware which was very kind of them. Thank you! Gunner & Daisy send their licks!
Carole and her husband were absolutely wonderful with my dog Sadie. Sadie felt immediately at home when we met for a meet-and-greet, playing with their Westie Maggie. They were extremely professional in taking care of Sadie and I would leave Sadie with them again in the future.
We want to thank Carole E and her wonderful family for taking such wonderful care of our
Doggie Tinkerbell, and her cousin Mr Nibs. This is the first time we left Tinkerbell, and we felt so nervious leaving her, however the daily updates and pictures of Tinker and Mr Nibs let us see how well they both were doing. I would never leave her with anyone else.

Thank you again
Dave n Helen Hedell
and Sheila Osmek
Cooper loves going to DogVacay! He gets so much exercise and plays with the other dogs!
Best experience I've ever had leaving my dogs. I'm a worrier and I didn't even call after the 2nd day. They sent me pictures every day and I could tell by the smiles on my dogs that they were having fun. The house and yard are totally set up for doggie visitors. I was confident that someone was with my dogs day and night, giving them individual attention with a family rather than a kennel. And they only care for one family of dogs at a time. I would recommend Carole to anyone who asks, and will definitely use her again.
Carole and George are a awesome!!!! We had previously booked a local boarding facility but after we toured it and made the reservations...I quickly began searching for an alternative for our girl and that's when I found Carole and George. After meeting them our minds were not only at ease but made up as well. In short, Carole and George are awesome and the best thing since sliced bread!!!! Thank you soooo much for taking care of our girl and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
This is our first time to use DogVacay service and glad that we choose the right Host. We were very satisfied on how they took care of our dog. We will definitely use their service next time.
Carole and her team is awesome... We will use her again and again and again
If you have a host of the month it would be Carole for sure...This was our second reservation with her and I can't say enough about how comfortable I am leaving Roxxie with them while we are gone. Outstanding care...Thank you so much!!
I'm so glad that I left my dog with Carole. My dog a bit anti social and Carole made him feel comfortable and at home. Best part is that I got daily updates and pics of my dog playing with his toys and having a good time. I would definitely leave my dog with her again. Thanks again Carole
Cooper was so excited to go to Carole's. They take good care of him while I am away and its gives me peace of mind that Cooper is in good hands.
I was very comfortable leaving my pet children with Carole for a week. This is far better than boarding at a "spa" or other type of facility because the dogs get to go outside and play and they get individual attention. I especially like that Carole only accepts one family's dog(s) at a time. It was so nice to get daily pics and updates. I will definitely use Carole's services again.
Another great experience! Our dogs are always well cared for and safe with Carole. We appreciate the special attention they get with every stay and look forward to future trips knowing that our dogs will have their own fun vacation too.
Carole takes such good care of Cooper! He loves to play with the other dogs and likes all the attention he is given. I will definitely take him back to the Cottage Retreat!
It's really hard to leave your loved ones behind, but recently I had to go to Arizona for a week for my first doctoral residency. My girlfriend and I were sad to leave Yoyo behind, but when we met Carole's family during the meet-and-greet, reassured us that we were leaving Yoyo in good hands. I recommend Carole and family to take care of your dogs.

After the meet and greet with Carole and the family I felt very assured that my Roxxie was going to be in great care. They were ready for me when I dropped her off and the next day I was getting updates and photos of her stay. I have never left a pet of mine in better hands. I would refer them to everyone I know. Thank you so much for the loving care.
This is truly Sugar's home away from home!!
When we first met Carole and George it was apparent that they were caring and attentive dog lovers. Their home was immaculate both inside and out. The outdoor space was dog friendly and very secure. Our dogs, Brandi and Bella, were very comfortable with their new surroundings from the moment we arrived. They immediately played with and loved Maggie Mae. Carole sent frequent e-mails and pictures which gave us peace of mind during our month-long vacation. The photos showed that they were happy and enjoying themselves. We highly recommend Carole and George and would not hesitate to leave our girls with them again.
Carole is such an awesome host for our two dachshunds. This was their second visit and they were taken care of very well. It is very reassuring to know that our dogs are safe, comfortable and loved while we are traveling and it's fun to get the pictures and updates via email. The dogs will definitely be back for another stay in the future.
Carole and George are outstanding! Our sweet girl stayed with them for two weeks and they were marvelous. We received photos each day which really eased our minds as we could see that she was having a great visit and receiving top care. They truly love dogs and welcome them into their home as if they are there own.
Carole was very good with the dogs next trip I'm going to live my doggies whit her she took really good care of them
Carole and George took excellent care of our mini aussie Cooper! Cooper is a very active little guy and loves to be around people. I love the pictures they send me when I am vacationing. It puts my mind at ease knowing he is well cared for. I know he has had a great time because when he comes home he sleeps for 2 days.
This is our second time having Carole babysit our girl! We hope to return many more times as her home is ideal for dog sitting and the care given is the best!
Carole and George took great care of our little dog. They are wonderful people and I highly recommend them!
We had such a great experience with Carol and her family taking care of our two dachshunds. They have a beautiful home and a perfect arrangement for dog sitting. Their home is clean and there is a secure backyard where our dogs could play and relax. We were kept up to date with texts and emails on how our dogs were doing and they even sent us picture attachments. It brought us such peace of mind to know that our dogs were safe and being pampered while we were away. Our dogs will definitely be coming back for future visits.
This dog sitter, Carole E & her husband are very nice & sweet people.

Their home is located near from freeway 15 and 91, and easy access to their home from freeway exit. It is a very safe neighborhood.
They have good security and fencing around their home.

They texted me a couple of times a day at how my dogs were doing. I felt they were very responsible for the dog sitter job.

My husband also appreciated them.
We highly recommend for Carole E.
Carole and George were awesome as Host Parents for our Mini Aussie, Cooper! He was treated just like one of the family and enjoyed playing with the adorable Maggie Mae! I will definitely use them again in the future!
The providers were wonderful. She would text me and send photos, letting me know that everything was going well. It really put me at ease. This was the first time I ever left them with anyone. I really was able to enjoy my time away knowing they were safe and having fun. Linda K
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